A wonderful family man, a great teacher and an even better role model – this is how Robert Scott is being remembered after he died in a farm accident on Tuesday.
It is understood Mr Scott, a former Canowindra High School teacher and known to Canowindra locals as “Bob”, was killed by a falling tree on a farm on the outskirts of Canowindra.
There has since been an outpouring of grief from those closest to him and the entire Canowindra community.
He inspired a generation of current and past teachers around the Central West, including Cowra High School teacher Anthony Hamer.
Mr Hamer said that he looked up to Mr Scott as a mentor and for guidance when he first began teaching in the area.
“A truly amazing and inspiring man Mr Bob Scott,” Mr Hamer said.
“The first male teacher I met as I began my journey here in the Central West and one of the main reasons I stayed in the area in the profession.”
He said he was thinking of the Scott family at this difficulty time.
“He changed the lives of so many, and he will be sadly missed,” Mr Hamer said.
“Love and best wishes from our family to Merilyn and hers. So sad.”
Tributes have been held around Cowra, Canowindra and the surrounds since his death by those who have worked closely him with over the years.
The Cowra Soccer Club held a minutes silence before the first round of Twilight Soccer on Wednesday night.
There are also plans in place for senior cricketers to wear black arm bands during this weekend’s games.
A minutes silence and tribute to Mr Scott will be held at this weekend’s Light the Night event in Canowindra at 7.45pm.
Players involved in the scheduled rugby league versus rugby union game planned for Light the Night will take to the field wearing black arm bands out of respect.
This tragedy comes after Bob’s daughter Stephanie Scott was murdered in 2015.
The Cowra Guardian extends our thoughts and prayers to the Scott family.